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this interesting group: a sob, almost from his taciturnity were sain, we, amounting to a groan, burst from joined the gay and, giddy throng the lady, which was unnoticed by once more, though myself and Mat the giddy crowd, but which caught deline could not divest ourselves of my ear, and also that of the fair Ma- a feeling of intense interest for the deline, who was hanging on my arm. fair incognita, to whom and her That lady must be ill,” she ex- companion a considerable portion of claimed; and with the promptness mystery appeared to attach.twiot of active humanity, she was instantly In a few minutes after, as Made at her side. "Pardon my intrusion, line and myself were standing up madam," said she, addressing the with a quadrille party, we saw the stranger, " but you appear faint: domino walk up the room, and shorte the heat of the room is probably ly after all three passed towards! oppressive; can I assist you ?”. the entrance; the lady eagerly look

“ The room is indeed oppressive, ed around, as if in search of some I wish I were away: would to hea-one, and recognising my fair part ven I were at home!” replied the ner, she made a deep courtesy, but lady in tones so sweetly sorrowful, was suddenly hurried forwård hy that the remembrance of them will her companion, and we lost sight of never be effaced. “Nonsense!” re- her in the crowd. Our feelings were plied her companion, “ you cannot so powerfully interested, that it was go home yet. Nothing is prepared; some time before we could enter you will be better soon." Madeline into the amusements of the evening had some aromatics in her vinegar- with our usual spirit; and when we ette, which were administered to the returned home, the “ mysterious incognita, who expressed her sense two" formed the subject of our con of the kindness in terms which evinc-versation, and we in vain endeavoured a mind highly cultivated and re-ed to find a clue which would lead, fined.

us to a discovery of their persons and Although the lady seemed pleased stations. and gratified by our attentions, they I had returned to the country, and were evidently unwelcome to her the occurrences at the masquerade companion, who most ungraciously had gradually faded from my recol-I repulsed every attempt to enter into | lection. One day in autumn, having: conversation; whilst he beckoned to been out with the hounds in the vithe figure in a domino, and whis- cinity of -, I was slowly riding pering to him a few words, out of home, when a chaise passed me drives

we could only catch, " Let me ing with great speed, on the northknow as soon as it drives up,” he ern road. It did not, however, pass wrapped himself still closer in his so quick but I could distinguisha plaid, and sternly throwing himself sort of confusion within, and the across the seat in such a way as to faint scream of a female vibrated prevent our approach to the lady, plainly on my ears. Where a femalei he preserved a sullen and contemp- was concerned, I never hesitated at: tuous silence. The domino disap- danger or difficulties, and I immedipeared, and finding all our efforts ately turned my horse, and galloped. . to induce the Highlander to depart after the chaise.

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drøve with great fury, and my spi- ratives as she had at hand; and her rited animal being jaded with a long endeavours were crowned with sucand toilsome run after reynard, Icess, as the lady slowly recovered gradually lost ground, and eventu- from her swoon. The gentleman ally lost" sight of the chaise. At now insisted upon being no longer the next turnpike I obtained intelli- detained; she was his wife, he said, gence of its route, and again pushed and he would inflict the severest peforwards. By great exertion, after nalties the law imposed on those who riding eight or nine miles, I reached retarded bis progress.

* As for the inn at the post-town of just as you, Sir Knight of Romance, who the chaise was about to start with ride about to succour distressed fresh horses, and ordering the post- damsels, if you are what you apboys to stop, I rode up to the door, pear, I shall deal with you after a and pulling it open, discovered that different fasliion, as soon as the 'obit was occupied by a lady and gen-ject of your gallantry is placed in a tlernan, the former of whom had situation where she will be less infainted, and the latter fiercely de- teresting-(these words were uttered manded by what authority I dared with a sneer)--to boys and stableto interfere with his proceedings. grooms and waiting-women." “ By the authority which every man

“ Once convince me that she is has to interfere when a female is your wife," I replied, " and I will concerned," I replied.

" I lave offer no further obstacle to y reuson to think this lady is not wil- parture, but apologize for my inlingly travelling with you, and till i terruption, or give you any other saam satisfied on that point you shall tisfaction you may demand.' My not proceed."

card will inform you that you will * She is my wife, and detain us a not be dishonoured by meeting me.** moment longer at your peril," re- “ I am not his wife," exclaimed turned my antagonist, foaining with the lady. “ Aided by those who rage, and senting a pistol, which should befriend me, he seeks to force he had drawn from the pocket of me to be his; but I call upon you as the chaise. I knocked it out of his friends to a distressed female not to hand, and in falling the lock struck suffer him to take me home." against the chaise-door, and it went "I shall be proud to defend you oft. He then leaped out of the with my life," I replied;

:66 and if chaise, and seizing me, endeavoured your persecutor persists in his deto pull me from my horse; but the signs, and will not allow you to proreport of the pistol having brought ceed unmolested where and when out the landlord and several of the you please, I shall feel it my duty to waiters, we were soon separated from send for a magistrate, and have the our rather undignified contest, and whole of this nefarious business prosome attention was given to the lady perly investigated." in the chaise. She was conveyed “ She may go to the d-1 if she into the house, still senseless; and likes,” exclaimed the person, whom whilst a waiter was dispatched for a by courtesy I have styled a gentlesurgeon, Mrs. White, the landlady, man, and rushed out of the room. promptly administered such resto- In a minute he jumped into the chaise, and having whispered some- || proud to render either, and offered thing to the post-boy, the vehicle was the fair stranger the protection of my soon out of sight. None of us felt mother and sister, which was eagerly interested enough to pursue hiin, accepted. A chaise and four .was our whole attention being claimed immediately ordered, and having liby the lady, who was well calculated berally rewarded the people at the by her appearance and manners to inn for their kindness and attention, interest and attract. In a sweetly we departed for Holly House, which modest and expressive tone she apo- lies about ten miles from logized for the trouble she had given, On her road the lady communiand said, such was her ignorance of cated her short but interesting histhe world, that she feared she must tory, which I shall give the reader still intrude upon us for advice and in my own words. assistance. I replied I should be l (To be concluded in our next.)

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UNDER THE ROSE. From MEMOIRS OF Tie Rose: In a Series of Letters to a Lady. The rose is not only the flower of which expression is commendable if love and the emblem of beauty, but the rose from any natural propertie it is also considered the symbol of may be the symboll of silence; and secrecij: A kiss is often taken and is also tolerable, if, by desiring a seallowed" under the rose." A belief crecy to words spoke under the rose, that two young companions have be- we only mean in society and compocome lovers is a suspicion whispered tation, from the ancient custome in “ under the rose.” The certainty of Symposiacke meetings, to wear chaparrangements for an intended mar- lets of roses about their heads; and riage often transpires " under the so we condemn not the Germane rose;" and whenever I greet the custom, which over the table de full-blown impression of your exqui- scribeth a rose in the seeling; but sitely engraven seal, with its appro- more considerable it is, if the oripriate motto, Sub rosa, I always ginal were such as Lemnius and anticipate beneath it, if not a poeti- others have recorded: that the rose cal kiss or a lover's secret, yet ex- was the flower of Venus which Cupressions of kindness, and feelings pid consecrated unto Harpocrates as of friendship, which are sacred and the god of silence, and was there inviolate; and for which these letters fore an emblem thereof." on the importance of the rose must

I have somewhere seen the folbe my feeble return.

lowing lines given as a translation, The following passage on the above although they are rathera paraphrase attribute of our favourite flower is of those which Brown here quotes: from Brown's curious work on “ Vul. gar Errors." " When we desire to The rose is Venus' pride-the arcber boy confine our words, we commonly say What time fond lovers told the tender joy

Gave to Harpocrates his mother's flower, they are spoken under the rose; To guard with sacred secrecy the hour:

Hence o'er the festive board the lost uphung, Father Rosicross, out of which oriLove's flower of silence, to reinind each

ginated the celebrated order. ! guest, When wine to amorous sallies loosed the

I ought to apologize for such a tongue,

seemingly unfeminine digression; but Under the rose what pass'd must never be I wish you to know, my fair friend, express'd.

that these were the men so long

famed for their occult studies in the Happy are we, my dear friends, || pursuit of some imagined universal who live under the auspices of a dif- | panacea, or elixir vitæ ; and also of ferent state of society; when instead that wonderful transmuter of all inof hanging up the rose as the guar-ferior metals into gold—the philodian of bacchanalian revelry, we in- sopher's stone. These foolish purtroduce the fair sex as a rational and suits, which, in the 16th century, effectual check upon that licence of made such a noise even in England, speech which the influence of wine are now exploded; and no doubt has so fulsely been supposed to jus-many individuals, whose gold by the tify.

processes of alchemy had been turnIt appears to have been with re-ed into dross in the crucible, would ference to this attribute of secrecy, | derive much consolation from the that the rose was adopted not only doctrine of the following paragraph as a part of the blazon on the arms, from one of the writers of the sect: but likewise as a cognominal desig- It is a very childish objection, that nation of the fraternity of the Rosi- the brotherhood have promised so crucians, a sectof philosophers which much and performed so little. With appeared in Germany about 1614, them, as elsewhere, many are called and presently spread themselves but few chosen: the masters of the through most of the countries of order hold out the rose (the secret) Europe, and out of which has sprung as a remote prize; but they impose the present system of Freemasonry. the cross (the labour) on those who The opinion that the rose was as- are entering. Among other curious sumed as the symbol of secrecy, and notions, they held that the principle the cross to represent the solemnity which determined the shape of aniof the oath by which the vow of se- mals and vegetables when they becrecy was ratified, is defended by a came organized was incipient in cerwriter of authority on the subject. tạin salts, to be obtained from the Against this presumption, however, it ashes of similar bodies! Sir Kenelm is argued, that the armorial bearings Digby has left a recipe for producing of John Valentine Andreä, a cele- cray-fish after this fashion; and the brated theologian of Wirtemberg celebrated Kircher is said to have were a St. Andrew's cross and four exhibited in his museum a' phial, herroses—which Andreä is suspected metically sealed, containing a rose, of having fabricated the legend of ll the product of such a lixivium.

Pol. IV. No, XXII.

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THE NOVICIATE.

(Continued from p. 145.) To avoid breaking the narrative of || I have reason to know his value betLord Ormond's suit to Wilmina, we ter than his master; and he has taught have delayed mentioning how Ga-me ideas of female excellence, such briel Hossack fared with Sylvester, as never entered my mind, till he enwho, in riding from the granaries, larged on the qualities of his benesaid to Wilmina, “ I could almost factress.” Wilmina could not in good violate father Roderick's sepulchre, manners withhold all acknowledgto scold him for imposing upon mement of this direct compliment; she such a gloomy mortal or goblin as | gravely bowed, and changed the conHossack. He is a dwarf, but no jest- | versation. er. His wit is of the saturnine or- Some weeks after the departure of der."

Lord Ormond and his friends, as “ He is a sensible, worthy, culti- Wilmina went to her dormitory with vated creature," said Lord Ormond, a torch in her hand-for candles or who rode on one side of Wilmina's lamps were used only on great occapalfrey, and Sylvester on the other. sions-she was not a little startled to

Ugly toad, he puts me out of see the uncouth figure of Gabriel humour with myself,” said Sylvester. Hossack stationed near the entry of

. “ You surely may envy his person- her outer bower. He put a small al distinctions," said Wilmina smil- || parcel into her hand, and vanished ing.

so instantaneously, that she almost “ In your opinion at least," an- believed for a moment a vision suswered Sylvester significantly. “But pernatural had Aitted from her view. in sober sadness I have been at a loss But the parcel was a material subhow to dispose of your angel Gabriel. stance, and she was anxious to know He cannot carve diversion for him the contents. Her damsels waited self in Archibald's merry household, | within ; she desired them to bring which you will allow is unconscion- more fuel and some torches; she was able. He must be employed; and to be occupied with business, and then he is so contentedly indefatiga- they might go to bed. When they ble, that I am dissatisfied with my had brought the fuel and torches, self to see the mere mockery of a she left them to their repose in the man exempted from all the passions, outer bower, and bolting the inner I could almost say all the frailties of bower, untied Gabriel Hossack's pare humanity."

cel. It contained a whistle curiously “ The Lady Wilmina deigned to carved, and a slip of parchment with be Gabriel Hossack's example," said the following words: Lord Ormond; “ you and I, Sylves- “A servant devoted to the Lady ter, were exposed to patterns far in-Wilmina has obtained leave to come ferior. It is not, however, too late to Balveny Castle, in quest of a forto copy perfection, when the heart gotten crucifix, given to his mother and will are excited and fixed. Hos by the deceased Lady Balveny. He sack is sometimes destitute of occu- || is sworn not to utter a word, and to pation, and then he writes for me: so return with all expedition: the boun

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